Will Kendall Wright Be a Viable Fantasy Football Performer as a Rookie?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IAugust 23, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 11:  Wide receiver Kendall Wright #13 of the Tennessee Titans rushes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright is doing all the right things so far.

He has great speed, as evidenced by his three catches for 47 yards in his preseason debut for a 15.7 yards per catch average. He also displayed good hands, hauling in all three of his targets. All of his receptions were delivered by Jake Locker, who figures to win the starting quarterback gig, so a nice rapport is being formed. Will he have fantasy value as a rookie?

While he didn’t follow up his second game with the same success, he certainly has the talent and the opportunities should be there. With his size (5’10, 195 lbs) and quickness he could see a lot of slot duty, which should help his value in PPR leagues.

Given Kenny Britt’s off-the-field issues, which could cost him some game time, and his injury history, Wright could see some action on the outside as well.

Kendall did experience his share of success at Baylor, improving each year. His reception totals increased from 50 to 66 to 78 to an impressive 108. His yardage went from 649 to 740 to 952 to a breakout 1,663. His touchdown production went from five to four to seven to a whopping 14. The dynamic athlete even ran for 425 yards in his four seasons at Baylor.

Rookie receivers have been able to contribute sooner in recent years as the league has transformed into a pass-heavy one. With Jake Locker under center, Wright should have the opportunity to be one of the better rookie fantasy receivers in the league.

I wouldn’t want him as a starting fantasy receiver by any means, or even as my primary backup. I would, however, want him in dynasty leagues and as WR depth in redraft leagues.

Your thoughts?

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